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Pain or insomnia main reasons for cannabis use in those without medical certificateSubscription

Customers who buy cannabis from “adult use” dispensaries, where no medical certificate is required, commonly report that they use it for pain relief or to help them sleep.

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Most antidepressants reduce mortality for patients with diabetes and depressionSubscription

Use of certain antidepressants to treat depression in patients with diabetes is associated with a reduction in mortality, according to a population-based study.

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Low vitamin D status in early life linked to future high blood pressureSubscription

Children with persistently low plasma vitamin D levels at birth and in early childhood have an increased risk of elevated systolic blood pressure later in childhood, research has suggested.

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Efficacy of tramadol reduced by concurrent use of some antidepressantsSubscription

Taking certain antidepressants reduces the efficacy of the opioid medicine tramadol, according to research published in Pharmacotherapy.

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Statin treatment associated with reduced risk of glaucomaSubscription

Receiving statin treatment for five years or more is associated with a 21% reduced risk of primary glaucoma, research has shown.

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SGLT2 inhibitor lowers risk of kidney failure in type 2 diabetesSubscription

Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease have a lower risk of kidney failure and cardiovascular events if they are treated with canagliflozin, research has confirmed.

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App helps patients cut opioid use after knee replacementSubscription

Patients who underwent knee replacement who used an app to monitor their analgesic use had better pain control and took fewer opioids post surgery, study results show.

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Concerns raised over non-medical alprazolam useSubscription

The benzodiazepine alprazolam is being obtained for non-medical use in the UK, particularly among young people, a survey has found.

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Immunotherapy delays type 1 diabetes mellitus in high-risk individualsSubscription

  Certain individuals at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes mellitis can delay progression to clinical disease by two years or more with a two-week course of teplizumab, according to results of a phase II study.

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Vitamin D not protective against cardiovascular eventsSubscription

Vitamin D supplementation is not associated with a reduced risk of major cardiovascular events, a meta-analysis suggests.

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Alzheimer’s drug reduces illicit opioid use in methadone recipientsSubscription

People who take methadone use fewer illicit opioids when galantamine is added to their therapy, research shows.

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Prednisolone reduces hand osteoarthritis pain Subscription

Patients with hand osteoarthritis experienced improvements in pain and function with low-dose prednisolone treatment, according to a study presented at the European Congress of Rheumatology.

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Esketamine nasal spray effective for rapid improvement of depressive symptomsSubscription

The ketamine-related nasal spray esketamine is effective at relieving the symptoms of treatment-resistant depression, a phase III study has shown.

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